I realise that I’ve spent the last few days focussing on my efforts to give up coffee; obviously, for me, this has been a little challenging and I won’t pretend that I’ve suddenly stopped looking longingly at my coffee machine or that I’ve not counted how many days it is until I can have coffee again. (By the way, I do feel a lot better so a huge “thank you” to all of you who offered me encouragement through days 1 and 2). But, detoxification is more than just about taking stuff out of the diet.

In order for the body to efficiently eliminate toxins, the liver, which bears the brunt of all the hard work, needs additional support. I am therefore eating a range of foods that are known to have powerful anti-oxidant properties.

Then, as toxins are released, they need to be diluted and flushed out. To assist my body with eliminating some of the toxins, I’m also drinking lemon and warm water as soon as I get up as this stimulates the digestive system, getting it revved up for action!

The digestive tract can also do with a good clean from time to time so on this programme increased dietary fibre and charcoal along with healing herbs are included to get everything back into top condition.

For at least 10 years I have taken clues as to my true state of health from taking a look at my tongue and I like to use the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil-pulling straight after breakfast. This involves holding or swilling oil (such as sesame or coconut oil) in your mouth for 10- 20 minutes – you can do this whilst you are in the shower, cleaning your teeth, making the bed etc. When you spit out the oil you should be left with a clean tongue and gums without the need for harsh mouthwashes that can alter the pH of your mouth.

Another thing that can really assist in drawing out toxins is soaking in a bath of Epsom Salts and I also find it helpful to relieve aches and pains after a big day out climbing or running – I love anything that “kills 2 birds with one stone” – metaphorically I mean, just in case anyone from the RSPCB is reading!

Finally reason number 2 for cutting back on coffee is that habitual coffee drinking can increase the likelihood of lower levels of serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for normal sleep, mood, and energy levels meaning that too little can lead to disrupted sleep anxiety and even depression. I’m sure we can all think of someone who tends to be tired, wired and desperate for another coffee!